This is where it all starts. The family meeting is an easy and fun activity to incorporate into your week. The time will allow you an opportunity get organized, share stories, instill values, and learn to grow as a family.
Family can consist of whomever you choose. Maybe you are single and you and your closest friends want to live more intentionally and this is a means of holding each other accountable. That would be awesome! Or you could be like us, a family looking to create a new life for yourselves. It doesn’t matter if you are a single parent or couple with only the four-legged kind of kids. Tweak and mold this program to fit your needs.
For us, the family meeting was our first attempt at getting some control over our lives, as well as, an opportunity for us to just sit and share teaching moments or discuss issues or concerns. After a few years of hit and miss meetings, we realized that when we were consistent with our meetings, things ran much smoother. By trial and error, we finally have an agenda that has evolved to work for us.
You will need to identify what meeting format works best for you. It does not have to be perfect in the beginning. Just be open, modify as needed, and embrace the benefits of this valuable family time. We found it best to meet Sunday afternoons. Often times we have to be flexible and meet earlier or later, depending on the events of the day. As a rule we strive to make Sunday our family day, so that nothing interferes with our time together.
The amount of time you meet needs to be flexible too. On a perfect day, we’d meet for about a half hour to an hour to cover the business end of home life, take a break for lunch, a snack, or even a game, and then spend another half hour to hour covering the fun stuff, like a life lesson on humility.
In the next post, we’ll discuss the meeting agenda. 🙂 I look forward to catching you then! ~Angie
Question – Does your family take time to meet on regular basis? If so, what do you use the time for and how has it benefited your family? Please share your answers or thoughts in the comments below.
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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes